March Business Workshops

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The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is offering March Workshops to help take your start-up or seasoned business to the next level. Classes range from business expansion to mastering LinkedIn and small business loan assistance. Register now to speak with experts and business professionals on a wide range of topics to help your business continue to run smoothly or get it off the ground.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to know about market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? The Business Research workshop shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, March 3, 2016 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

What’s the secret to getting a business loan? Attend this free Financing Roundtable and find out how banks look at your application, what you can do to improve your chances for a loan, and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get the financing you need.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation – Waterford
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is located in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing consider learning more about the CEED® Small Business Loan Program. Use CEED, the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, to learn the requirements and processes necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Starting A Business
Thursday, March 10, 2016 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Wednesday, March 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person

LinkedIn is a power tool. It’s part SEO monster, part contact manager, part resume, part research tool and it’s all business.  The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be. Speaker Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect, will help attendees be found by prospective clients or employers, stay current in the industry, learn to use available LinkedIn features, and much more. If you have any questions, please call 248-858-0783.

Capital Raise
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 248-858-0783.

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fee: $25 per person, pre-registration is requested, fee payable at the door to WBEC-GL.

Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. Presented by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. To register please call 248-858-0783 or email

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
Every Thursday, all year, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fee: This workshop is free and no appointment is necessary

Individuals who want to launch a business but don’t know where to begin can receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant. Counselors will answer start-up questions, suggest next steps and guidance on business planning tools. Walk-in sessions available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 15 minutes.

Pre-register by visiting the Advantage Oakland Business Workshops page online or call (248) 858-0783.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford.

Learn more about the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center on their website. Stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook and Twitter.

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